Careers

Howard Area Community Center is always seeking dedicated and compassionate people who want to help Rogers Park community members build better futures.

Employee benefits may include the following:

  • Generous paid time off
  • Twelve paid holidays
  • Extended medical bank
  • Health insurance (HMO and PPO)
  • Dental insurance (HMO and PPO)
  • Vision insurance (HMO and PPO)
  • Life insurance
  • Short-term disability
  • Flexible spending accounts
  • 403(b) retirement account
  • Family and medical leave

Equal Opportunity Statement

Howard Area Community Center (HACC) is an equal opportunity employer. It is the policy of HACC to provide equal employment opportunities without regard to race, color, ethnic origin, religion, gender, age, ancestry, sexual orientation, mental or physical disability, marital status, veteran status, pregnancy, arrest record, or any other legally protected status.

Program/Department: Adult Education
Full Time or Part Time/Hours per week: Full Time
Salary: available upon request

Brief Description:

Howard Area Community Center (HACC), located in Chicago’s diverse Rogers Park neighborhood, is looking for a self-motivated, detail oriented person to coordinate the efforts of volunteer instructors to provide quality adult education instruction for our program’s participants. The coordinator position promotes the volunteer literacy program in the community, enrolls students and onboards volunteers, organizes and supports one-on-one and small group tutoring matches, and assists the education manager with monthly reports. This full time position requires some evenings and Saturdays.

Mandatory Requirements & Qualifications:

  • Good oral, written and interpersonal communication skills.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office, especially Excel.
  • Ability to work independently and take initiative.
  • Flexibility and a strong sense of team spirit.
  • Commitment to service and making a difference in the community and lives of others.
  • Previous volunteer coordination experience preferred.
  • Fluency in another language is helpful, but not required.

Education and Experience:

  • An Associate degree is required. A Bachelor’s degree in Education or a related field is preferred.

How to apply:

Send inquiries and applications to Jason Kaiser at jkaiser@howardarea.org by August 30, 2019. We will only review applications that include a resume and a brief cover letter that summarizes interest in the position and relevant experience and/or aptitude.

Program/Department: Administration
Full Time or Part Time/Hours per week: Full Time/30 – 40 hours a week
Salary: available upon request

Brief Description:

The Grant Writer is responsible for overseeing all aspects of private grant funding for Howard Area Community Center(HACC). Reporting to the Director of Development, the Grant Writer’s primary responsibility is developing and writing grant proposals to foundations, corporations, and other grant making institutions, and persuasively communicating HACC’s mission and programs to potential funders.

Mandatory Requirements & Qualifications:

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • BA in communications, social services or a related field. 1 year experience in grant development or any equivalent combination of education and experience that provides the necessary level of skill, knowledge, and ability.
  • Computer proficiency, particularly in MS Word, MS Excel, CRM databases, and online research.
  • Knowledge of grant research and application processes.
  • Exceptional organizational skills.
  • Strong written and oral communication skills.
  • Ability to work under pressure to meet deadlines.
  • Ability to take initiative, work independently and proactively, and use innovative techniques and ingenuity to prepare grant applications.
  • Ability to coordinate grant projects with staff across the organization.
  • Experience in the social services sector is preferred.

How to apply:

Send cover letter, resume and two writing samples (grant proposals preferred) to BBrown@howardarea.org .

Program/Department: Finance
Full Time or Part Time/Hours per week: Full Time
Salary: available upon request

Brief Description:

This position acts as a hands-on leader in the organization. The Finance Manager will manage the day to day finance operations for the organization, including maintaining the general ledger, accounts payable/receivable, payroll, reporting, and grants administration. The Finance Manager will ensure that the organization has the systems, procedures, and controls in place to support effective program implementation and ensure a clean audit.

Mandatory Requirements & Qualifications:

  • To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Education and Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Accounting or Finance (MSA or CPA preferred) with five or more years of nonprofit accounting and finance experience required.
  • Experience must include the following: familiarity with government contracts and regulations, accounts receivable and billing processes for government funded entities, monthly closing and financial reporting; familiarity with nonprofit accounting and nonprofit accounting software; and knowledge of U.S. Generally Accepted Accounting Principles, Experience managing, coaching, and training staff.
  • Must have strong written and verbal communication skills and demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with others.

How to apply:

Please email Cover Letter and Resume to Kandis Cossom at kcossom@howardarea.org, you can also visit Idealist https://www.idealist.org for full job description.

Program/Department: Early Childhood
Full Time or Part Time/Hours per week: Full Time/40 hours a week (12 month position)
Salary: available upon request

Brief Description:

Supports comprehensive high quality early childhood education services for children ages birth to five and their families. This position serves as the primary Director Designate for center based programming, and is a Supervisor.

Mandatory Requirements & Qualifications:

  • Work experience in Head Start, Early Head Start, Preschool for All and Prevention Initiative center based programming, and knowledge base necessary to support the philosophy of comprehensive services provided by these programs.  
  • Direct work experience of relationship based practices, including primary care-giving and continuity of care models. 
  • Ability to apply effective approaches to authentic parent engagement.
  • Direct work experience supervising a team, mentoring staff, and providing reflective supervision.
  • Ability to apply effective program planning and management practices to ensure effective and consistent delivery of high quality education and health services that remain in compliance with all City, State and Federal regulations and NAEYC best practices.

Education and Experience:

  • BA or BS in Early Childhood Education
  • Previous Supervisory Experience
  • Gateways Credentials ECE Level 5 and IT Level 5 a plus

How to apply:

Please email cover letter, resume and copy of educational credentials via email to  vrico@howardarea.org.

Program/Department: Early Childhood
Full Time or Part Time/Hours per week: Full Time/40 hours a week (12 month position)
Salary: $37,000 – $41,000

Brief Description:

Provides support and supervision to the teaching staff within the 3 classrooms of the preschool program so as to support the comprehensive education program and vision of the Center; Serves as primary support for full inclusion of children with special needs; Is DCFS director designate in the absence of the Director.

Mandatory Requirements & Qualifications:

  • Work experience in Head Start and Preschool for All center-based programming.
  • Direct work experience of relationship based practices, including primary care-giving and continuity of care models. 
  • Experience in administering developmental and social/emotional screenings (ESI-R and ASQ: SE2).
  • Direct experience in utilizing Creative Curriculum for Preschool.
  • Direct experience in utilizing Teaching Strategies GOLD as an assessment tool.
  • Knowledge and understanding of Practice-Based Coaching model.
  • Direct work experience supervising a team, mentoring staff, and providing reflective supervision.
  • Experience of NAEYC and Excelerate Illinois standards and regulations.
  • Ability to communicate effectively with staff, colleagues, and families.

Education and Experience:

  • BA or BS in Early Childhood Education
  • Previous Supervisory Experience
  • Gateways Credentials ECE Level 5 and IT Level 5 a plus

How to apply:

Please email cover letter, resume and copy of educational credentials via email to  vrico@howardarea.org.  

Program/Department: Early Childhood – Home Visiting Program,
Full Time or Part Time/Hours per week: Full Time/40 hours a week (12 month position)
Salary: available upon request

Brief Description:

Provides family-based direct services, including weekly home visits, comprehensive caseload management, curriculum planning and implementation, and facilitation of group socializations, to a diverse community of low-income families with children under the age of three and expectant mothers.

Mandatory Requirements & Qualifications:

  • Strong interpersonal and organizational skills
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Knowledge of and skills in working with culturally and linguistically diverse populations
  • Strong presentation, public speaking, and facilitation skills
  • Strong understanding of African and/or Arabic immigrant community
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office and with inputting information into online databases
  • Flexible schedule that may include some evening or weekend hours
  • (Required) Bilingual – Fluent in Yoruba or Arabic

Education and Experience:

  • Minimum of an Associate’s Degree in Early Childhood Education, Social Work or related field
  • Experience working with pregnant women and families with young children
  • Experience in Early Head Start preferred
  • Own transportation highly recommended

How to apply:

Please email cover letter, resume and copy of educational credentials via email to  mroman@howardarea.org.

Program/Department: Early Childhood – Family Center
Full Time or Part Time/Hours per week: Full Time/40 hours a week
Salary: available upon request

Brief Description:

NAEYC accredited center in Rogers Park is seeking an Infant/Toddler Teacher to facilitate and teach groups of infants, toddlers, and two-year-old children in an early childhood classroom designed for the social, emotional, cognitive and physical development of children. This is a full time, full year position with a competitive salary and comprehensive benefits including medical, dental and vision insurance.

Mandatory Requirements & Qualifications:

  • Appropriately facilitated individual and group care and early learning experiences in infant, toddler and twos classrooms;
  • Experience implementing a developmentally appropriate classroom environment to meet children’s social-emotional, cognitive, physical and individual needs within a model of continuity of care;
  • Experience developing and maintaining a respectful relationship with families and co-workers to ensure the optimal overall functioning of the classroom;
  • Candidates must have successfully earned a minimum of 30 college level credit hours; a minimum of 15 of those hours must be in ECE specific coursework.  An AA in ECE is preferred.
  • Candidates must hold or be eligible for a Gateways Early Childhood and Infant Toddler Credential.

How to apply:

Please submit your resume, cover letter, and transcripts to adekker@howardarea.org

Program/Department: Early Childhood – Family Center
Full Time or Part Time/Hours per week: Full Time/40 hours a week
Salary: available upon request

Brief Description:

 NAEYC accredited center in Rogers Park is seeking a Preschool Teacher to facilitate and teach groups of 3-5 year old children in an early childhood classroom designed for the social, emotional, cognitive and physical development of children. This is a full time, full year position with a competitive salary and comprehensive benefits including medical, dental and vision insurance.

Mandatory Requirements & Qualifications:

  • Experience facilitating individual and group care and early learning experiences in mixed-aged (3s, 4s and 5s) preschool classroom;
  • Experience implementing a developmentally appropriate classroom environment to meet children’s social-emotional, cognitive, physical, and individual needs within a model of continuity of care;
  • Experience developing and maintaining a respectful relationship with families and co-workers to ensure the optimal overall functioning of the classroom;
  • Candidates must have successfully earned a minimum of 60 college level credit hours; a minimum of 15 of those hours must be in ECE specific coursework.  An AA in ECE is preferred.
  • Candidates must hold or be eligible for a Gateways Early Childhood Credential.

How to apply:

To apply, please submit your resume, cover letter, and transcripts to mpatt@howardarea.org